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Jhpiego is an international, non-profit health organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University. Jhpiego develops innovations for enhancing capacity of health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care towards improving the health and well-being of the people.

Since 1999, Jhpiego has been collaborating with Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH) and various partners in implementing a wide-range of interventions in maternal health, family planning and reproductive health, newborn and child health, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Current key projects include the Support for Service Delivery Integration-Services (SSDI-Services), Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) and Department of Defense Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) program.

Program Overview

“SANKHANI Moyenela-Smart Choice” is a 4-year USAID-funded MCHIP Associate Award which aims at scaling up Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) services in Malawi, targeting males age 15-49 years in five districts by providing 150,000 circumcisions by 2017. The core project goals are to strengthen National VMMC quality assurance system, increase access and availability of VMMC services, and pilot integration of EIMC into maternity services. SANKHANI is currently present in three districts in the Southern region of Malawi: Thyolo, Chikwawa and Zomba.

Jhpiego intends to recruit a skilled and dynamic professional for the following position:

CHIEF OF PARTY; Based in Blantyre, MALAWI

Position Summary:

The Chief of Party will provide overall programmatic and managerial oversight to the USAID funded MCHIP Associate Award “SANKHANI Moyenela-Smart Choice” project in Malawi focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, specifically on male circumcision. S/he will guide the strategic planning, design and implementation of the project and be responsible for and manage all donor and partner relationships. S/he will work closely with Ministry of Health (MOH) to streamline efforts and ensure complementarities of projects. S/he will ensure timely and cost-effective project implementation, reporting of activities, and will be responsible for all project deliverables to the donor. S/he will supervise a team of highly qualified staff and will reports to Jhpiego Malawi Country Director.


  • Lead annual work planning process
  • Provides overall strategic management and technical direction for the program
  • Leeds the program to ensure attainment of results
  • Facilitate the development of innovative project approaches and interventions
  • Collaborate with the Senior Technical Team to oversee project activities, ensure timely implementation, and timely and accurate reporting to donor
  • Engage with Malawian stakeholders working on similar projects to support the MOH and district health management teams with a coordinated response
  • Supervise and manage a team of highly qualified staff (mostly Malawian nationals) and align their efforts in concert with project goals
  • Represent the project in all matters pertaining to the execution of project-related activities
  • Provide updates on the progress made, direction, approaches and successes of the project to donor and partners, and internally within Jhpiego
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and track project budgets and provide oversight on core funding agreements
  • Work with finance and project staff to develop and maintain systems that are compliant with the organization set systems

Required Qualifications:

  • Clinical and/or management Master’s degree in public health
  • Demonstrated ability to manage large (funding range between $10-50M) USG-supported public health projects and budgets.
  • 10+ years of professional, progressively more responsible management experience of international public health programs phases (design, implementation, monitor, reporting, and financial management).
  • Experience managing a multi-partner consortium (both international and local NGOs)
  • Experience developing successful, replicable and sustainable projects in East and Southern Africa, preferably in Malawi
  • Experience designing and managing complex HIV/AIDS, prevention, care and treatment programs
  • Proven leadership skills and expertise in strategic program planning, implementation and management
  • Ability to build capacity and collaboration between governmental and non-governmental partners and other project implementers
  • Experience designing and supervising activities with a facility/community interface.
  • Has experience building the capacity of community based organizations to implement project activities
  • Solid work experience in Malawi health sector
  • Understanding of USG donor’s regulations and compliance, reporting requirements, and health strategic framework
  • Ability to travel in Malawi and internationally
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Experience in leading annual work plans, incorporating national Technical Working Groups directives, and collaborating on local action plans.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, instilling trust and confidence. Excellent interpersonal and written and oral presentation skills.
  • Ability to work in a complex environment charged with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Capacity for analyzing technical problems and issues that impede efforts to provide improved health care to populations; developing technical solutions to these problems/issues and assisting in the design of operational research that could yield appropriate solutions
  • A team player accustomed to building team capacity, delegating working teams, and developing communities of learning among host country partners and counterparts

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package including: medical and dental plans; paid vacation, holidays and sick leave; personal accident insurance; 403(b) retirement plan; life and disability insurance; travel insurance; education assistance plan and more.

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

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Our History

Responding to the Changing Needs of Women and Families Worldwide

Since its founding in 1974, Jhpiego has been innovating to save the lives of women and families worldwide. From the first day, Jhpiego has been asking the question: How can we make lifesaving services available and accessible to the people who need them—all over the world?

Dr. Theodore M. King, an early innovator and champion for women’s health, was the moving force behind the founding of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. In the early 1970s, King recognized the need to make physicians, nurses and administrators from developing countries aware of reproductive health breakthroughs, such as laparoscopy (a procedure used to inspect internal reproductive organs for infertility or to provide contraception by closing off the fallopian tubes) and modern contraceptives. Originally known as the Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics, the organization was funded through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Under King’s leadership, as a founder, trustee and later president of Jhpiego for 14 years, the organization conducted a steady stream of programs throughout the developing world.

How Did We Get from There to Here?

Early on, Jhpiego established itself as a leader in reproductive health training. Beginning in 1974, Jhpiego held training sessions on family planning/reproductive health for doctors and nurses in the USA In 1979, Jhpiego started its first in-country training programs in Tunisia, Brazil, Kenya, Nigeria, Thailand and the Philippines. From 1987 through 2004, Jhpiego conducted three global Training in Reproductive Health Projects, funded by USAID. Beginning in 1993, Jhpiego published learning materials on long-acting family planning methods.

Over the years—to respond more effectively to the needs of individual countries—Jhpiego became increasingly field-based and established its first field office in Kenya in 1993. Today, Jhpiego has field offices in more than 30 countries worldwide. Similarly, Jhpiego’s programming areas have expanded to meet changing needs in the field. In addition to family planning and reproductive health, Jhpiego now has expertise in maternal and child health, infection prevention and control, HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases.

Jhpiego’s work has also expanded to address reproductive health policy and guidelines and to support health systems strengthening. For example, in 1996 in Brazil, Jhpiego launched a performance and quality improvement approach, now known as Standards-Based Management and Recognition (SBM-R), which has since been implemented in 30 countries. SBM-R empowers health workers and facilities to improve the performance and quality of their services by providing them with the tools and methods they need to make decisions, solve problems and innovate at the local level.

Innovations in Training Methods and Technologies

In 1986, Jhpiego pioneered a competency-based training (CBT) approach that emphasizes learning by doing. CBT focuses on how the participant performs and promotes the trainer’s ability to encourage learning. Jhpiego also introduced the use of anatomic models for “humanistic training.” To minimize risk to clients, learners first practice on models until they achieve competency. In 1995, a clinical training skills manual—the cornerstone of Jhpiego’s training approach—was published. Using a systematic “training of trainers” approach, Jhpiego has created a global network of qualified physician, nurse and midwife trainers.

As early as 1984, Jhpiego collaborated with the University of the West Indies to deliver reproductive health courses, via satellite, to six islands in the Caribbean. In 1987, Jhpiego sponsored a global meeting on reproductive health education and technology with the World Health Organization (WHO) and introduced computer-assisted instruction to simulate clinical situations in several of its US-based courses. In 1995, ReproLine, an online source for reproductive health information, was launched. Today, Jhpiego continues to explore new learning technologies: mobile phones in Afghanistan, a computer-based learning management system in Ethiopia, computer-based training in Ghana, a distance learning program in Zambia.

Practical Solutions for Low-Resource Settings

Since the 1992 publication of its international reference standard Infection Prevention for Family Planning Service Programs, Jhpiego has been at the forefront in promoting evidence-based practices that can protect health care professionals, staff and clients from potentially life-threatening infections. To this end, Jhpiego has tested and introduced practical, low-cost infection prevention procedures that can be implemented effectively in settings with limited resources.

In developing countries, cervical cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. In 1995, Jhpiego began research with the University of Zimbabwe to find a low-cost alternative to the Pap test that could make cervical cancer prevention a reality in low-resource settings. Based on the results of this research, Jhpiego helped form the Alliance for Cervical Cancer Prevention in 1999 and received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand its cervical cancer program. Since that time, Jhpiego has developed and piloted the single visit approach in which women are screened and treated during the same visit.

In 1995, Jhpiego began addressing HIV/AIDS and its integration with family planning services. Six years later, Jhpiego began work in HIV voluntary counseling and testing with a USAID-funded project in Jamaica. In 2002, Jhpiego received its first funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for work in HIV/AIDS and, the following year, developed a global learning package on prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV—with CDC, WHO and university partners—to enable global scale-up. Also in 2003, Jhpiego began work on male circumcision for HIV prevention in Zambia. In 2008, Jhpiego developed a global learning package on male circumcision for HIV prevention with WHO and UNAIDS.

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